Villagers can view Darul Hana model houses from April 1

KUCHING: Residents of 12 Malay villages across the Sarawak River who will be resettled at the Darul Hana housing project will be able to view four model houses from April 1, said Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

He said the model houses showcase the type of houses the residents would be allocated under Phase 1A and 2A of the Darul Hana project.

“The model houses are a showcase for the people from Kpg Seberang Hilir who will be resettled in phases to this new settlement. The designs incorporate traditional elements of local Malay kampung houses,” Dr Abdul Rahman said yesterday.

He disclosed that 426 units of these houses will be built in Phase 1A and 78 units in Phase 2A; comprising single and double storey detached, semi-detached and terraced houses that will be built in two years’.

“The first batch of villagers to be resettled will be from Kpg Panglima Seman Lama, Kpg Semarang and Kpg Pulo Ulu. The rest of the villagers will move to their new houses gradually and in phases. And hopefully by 2030, when the state attains developed state status, all of them will be resettled in their new houses,” he added.

Dr Abdul Rahman pointed out that  building material  and quality would be similar to any other standard construction projects.

“I visited the site two weeks ago and I have been reassured of the standard and quality of the construction procedures,” he stressed.

The Darul Hana project will benefit some 4,278 families from Kampung Boyan, Kampung Gersik, Kampung Surabaya Ulu, Kampung Surabaya Hilir, Kampung Panglima Seman Ulu, Kampung Panglima Seman Lama, Kampung Semarang, Kampung Pulo Ulu, Kampung Pulo Hilir, Kampung Bintawa Ulu, Kampung Bintawa Tengah and Kampung Bintawa Hilir, with a combined population of about 16,655 people.

Meanwhile, Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the advisor of the project, said a total of 2,526 house owners will be compensated with houses of equal value to their present properties.

He described the deal between the villages and the government as the “best deal” for both parties as they (house owners) will have in return the opportunity to own shares in various properties to be developed on their former land under the Darul Hana Incorporation in future.

The idea of Darul  Hana housing project with a land size of 722 acres was mooted by then Chief Minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud way back on April 15, 2011 to develop the area into an ultra-modern neighbourhood while retaining the Malay traditional architecture.

“They will be moving to new houses, i.e. landed properties, similar to what they have now in terms of value. So it’s going to be a win-win situation between the villages and the government. So I can say that this is the best deal for both parties,” emphasised Dr Abdul Rahman.

Additionally, the extended families of the house owners are also eligible to buy three-bedroom apartments in Darul Hana in future.

The landed properties to be built will range from single, double storey and detached houses.

The single and double storey units are terraced, semi-detached and detached houses.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also the Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity, pointed out that the project is a long term plan to address the problems currently faced by residents of the 12 villages.

The Darul Hana project is spearheaded by the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), with the Sarawak Housing Corporation (HDC) as the developer and Daya Builders Sdn Bhd as the main contractor.